Monday, February 06, 2006

Push in Review: Workout 1

Around the Bend (2004) = 6.5/10. Who doesn't like Christopher Walken? There were some pretty funny/ironic moments in this one but it's probably not one that all will enjoy.

*Warning: This will be extremely boring to everyone else because I'm writing it to my future self*

I finished my first two weeks with Push on Friday. The only difference I notice is that my abs feel...boxier. I've tried to think of a better way to describe how they feel, but I just can't. I wasn't expecting anything to happen in the first two weeks, so this new feeling definitely exceeds my expectations.

I was incredibly sore the first and second time I completed this workout. Pretty much every muscle. By the 6th time, the only part that still continued to be sore were my chest muscle. They are super weak. I honestly nearly cried the first time I did this workout, particularly while doing the 12 sets of dolphin to plank. Dolphin is quite easy for me now, except the second workout has the dolphin 5 minutes later into the workout and I tend to slip out of position (even with my cool purple Yoga mat) because my elbows are sweaty. I don't know how to fix that because if I do the dolphin on the carpet, I'll get carpet burns.

Prior to Push my least favorite body part to work were my abs. That was because I was doing crunches on an incline bench and Push is having me do 1 set of basic crunches, 2 sets of roll ups (my very favorite thing on the DVD, who knew?!), and reverse ab crunches. My new least favorite body part to work? Chest! I still can't do more than 6 push ups in a row. Which is better than the first workout when I just had to get on my hands and knees and stay there. My arms were so wobbly I couldn't support any of my weight on them. The second and third time doing the workout, I was on my knees doing modified push ups. Now I can do 6 proper plank push ups, break, 6 more proper plank push ups. It's definitely improvement. They had better not throw some crap next month to make them harder because I will not be able to do it...or will I?

Horror of horrors, I actually uploaded a picture of myself in a bikini to my private Push profile. I took the picture by myself with my digital camera on timer mode. I don't think there's going to be that much improvement because I eat crap for diet. Will I change that? Sure, but not anything this year. I know myself. I know that if I add too many things at once, something will collapse. So, a few years ago I started cardio. Then, I dabbled in lifting weights. Now, I'm seriously doing strengthening exercises on a regular basis. Thus, diet is the only thing left. And it'll be the hardest thing of all for me to change. For now, I'm content with the slight lifestyle change Push is bringing.

Overall, I'd say that this workout is just right for me. Sure, parts are challenging and I have had to stop each time because all of the chest stuff is in a row. I honestly can't do dolphin, then push ups, then push up taps, followed by more push ups. I can work my way up to that, but not without a few minutes in between each chest killing session. It's definitely a keeper. Which is great because I've paid for a year of it.


BKDotCom said...

This post is worthless without pictures. Bikini pictures.

Rachel said...

Yeah, I'm totally sure everyone wants to see that with their morning coffee.

Maybe if I ever look like a stick, I'll post bikini pics. Thing is, I'm pretty sure I don't possess the genes for stick-figrueness. Not everyone can weigh 100 pounds like you, BK. :)

giselle said...

I wanna weigh 100 lbs.

BKDotCom said...

Nobody wants to see a stick in a bikini either. curvature = good

Me = 128lb (58kg)
maybe you should weigh yourself in kg?

And I don't have stick genes. everyone on my mom's side of the family is quite obese and had their stomachs stapled. My dad is overweight and diabetic.

Rachel said...

Gissy, 100 pounds is only many bottles of ipecac and rotting teeth away.

BK, I can't remember if you're 5' 9" or 5' 10, but you're definitely on the verge of morbidly underweight. I'll let 30 pounds of that slide because you're a runner, I suppose.

Amanda Z said...

I'm not meant to be a stick. I can feel where my bones are and I know they're not gonna shrink. I'm not under any disillusions.

giselle said...

Well fine, if I use kg, I can be less than 100. But it's still not as good as 100 lbs.